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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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2,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,212
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 133
Gots: 243 | FT: 1
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Photo of mudbug
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How can you beat this, available at the grocery store for about a buck twenty a bottle! Jubelale2010.
Pored into a standard pint glass this beer gives a one inch fluffy head that has tints of brown, the head slowly recedes to a nice sticky lacing the crawls down with the level.
It's pretty pungent, Figs, caramel, brown sugar , pancakes and a tingly hop spice, almost a barleywine aroma.
Taste is complex malt sweetness, caramel some prune but those only come about after the intense hop bitternes fades, which it does quickly due to the tight carbonation and creamy texture.
Great beer!

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A: Pours a dark rich mahogany brown with a huge three finger frothy mocha colored head. Incredible lacing, very thick and maintains a one finger head throughout the beer.

S: Brown sugar and caramel malt upfront with some bread crust/toast and a big earthy hop aroma.

T: Follows the nose with lots of malt upfront and a big hop profile throughout. Very earthy and rich, the 6.7% is never detected, very hoppy for a winter warmer.

M: Medium light body, active carbonation, slightly creamy and a nice dry finish.

D: For a winter warmer this is on the hoppy side and overall very drinkable, the lingering bitterness is nice but also a bit off for me for winter, I like it a bit maltier.

Photo of yuriruley
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle.

Appearance - Dark brown and reds. Poured aggressively, had quite a head for a bit, but it settled down to not much at all. Quite a bit of lacing.

Smell - Hints of alcohol blended with sweet and spices.

Taste - Dark fruits, little nuttiness coming across, spices, and little bitterness to top it off. Really well rounded.

Mouthfeel - Almost syrupy, pretty thick, good amount of carbonation.

Drink - Nice to sit back and enjoy this one. I don't know how many I'd want to drink in one setting.

This years is the best years I have had. I don't know if it is in my mind or what, but I am really enjoying it this year. My favorite seasonal of this season currently. Had it on tap and bottle and it is amazing in both, go out and get some. Also like the artwork on the bottle this year.

Photo of Novaguy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking last years Jubelale, I was hesitant to try this years. The contrast however is quite noticeable. Last years brew had a bit more spice than I cared for. This years however is a really nice balance.
It pours a nice dark auburn color with a substantial head. The lacing left behind is thick and full. The aroma is lightly malty with almost a fruity second note.
This beer is at its best just below room temp. Served too cold and the little nuances of the flavor are completely lost. The creamy feel and flavor notes make this an exceptional brew this year.

Photo of Elimination
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There is one thing that many central oregonians look forward to in the winter is and that is jubelale.

Look is a remarkable deep red, with a light hue of brown shining through. The color of this in a dark area is misleading because when light shines through it is a red wine color that seems to almost be impassible with sight. Head is a murkey slightly brown white that looks like a layer of krausen on top.

Smell is a mix of semi sweet spices cocoa, cinnamon, brown sugar, rum, a bit of apple and ginger are all here. Presenting a little bit is a whiskey or bourbon, though faint is just right.

Taste is a rainbow of winter spices, cinnamon, pumpkin, ginger, clove, and the spiced rum really comes through. This is a semi malt forward beer that seems to warm the pallete with a good amount of sweetness, a sort of toasted brown sugar to it.

Mouthfeel is a very nice thickness that wraps the tongue completely in itself. Merky and almost chewy it sets the standard for winter warmer.

Drink is great, this beer is a style setter for sure. My only hang up is it is a desert beer, and sort of a pallete wrecker. In its own maybe with some different selections for the night its fine. But trying to down a 6 pack or maybe more of this is almost difficult.

A great pairing beer, something that should be sipper, shared, and savored with friends and family by a fireplace on a winters eve.

Photo of philbertk
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes Brewing Company--Jubelale--1998 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Initial light chocolate spice hop nose. Quick Body is Rich and malty. Low sweetness and dry clean finish. Sampled 10/25/1998.

Deschutes Brewing Company--Jubelale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear deep amber color. Rich smoky toasted front. Dry roasted cherry nut body. Spicy hop flavor mimics cinnamon coriander spice. Minimal sweetness is refreshing. Smooth and flavorful to end. Sampled 11/18/1999.

Deschutes Brewing Company--Jubelale--2000 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rusty red color. Rich roasted black cherry fruit front highlighted with smoky notes. Body extends roasted malty notes and combines with hop spiciness for rich flavor. Mild sweetness. Mild hop end. Sampled 11/5/2000.

Deschutes Brewing Company--Jubelale--2001 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Rich roasted floral spice aroma. Clear fire roasted black cherry color. Smooth rich spicy roasted malty body. Medium not sweet texture. Roasted spicy malty flavors dominate. Ends with cinnamon hop accents. Sampled 10/13/2001.

Deschutes Brewing Company--Jubelale--2002 12 oz. Hopvine Bottle. 6.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich dark copper bronze color. Medium rich lacy head. Roasted floral winter spice hop front. Roasted spicy sweet mild body. Smoke hints. Clean balanced malty roasted spicy hop end. Best Dark Winter? Sampled 12/8/2002.

Deschutes Brewing Company--Jubelale--Festive Winter Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Clear rich dark bronze amber red color. Light head & lace. Malty spicy mild hop front. Roasted burnt spice malt body is dry sweet & crusty. Nutmeg cinnamon notes. Sweet mild hop rich spice end. Tangy rich. Sampled 10/17/2003.

Deschutes Brewing Company--Jubelale--Winter Seasonal Ale--Graphics Overhaul--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--35 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Light BC sediment. Mild lacy head. Slightly hazy rich brown red color. Mild floral spice hop front. Creamy malty mild toasted sweet caramel mild cherry biscuit body. Smooth balanced mild hop spice end. Sampled 10/26/2004.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House--Jubelale--Festive Winter Ale--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Mild BC sediment. Mild lacy head. Clear dark amber red color. Malty mild spice floral hop front. Dry sweet malty tangy toasted caramel spice mild coriander body. Clean hop spice malty end. Nice. Sampled 11/7/2005.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House--Jubelale--Festive Winter Ale--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Bottle Conditioned. Lacy amber head. Clear dark bright amber red color. Toasted malty subtle hoppy front. Dry sweet roasted mild fruit ester toffee spice biscuit cherry malty body. Clean dry balanced malt hop spice end. Sampled 10/13/2006.

Deschutes Brewery--Jubelale--A Festive Winter Ale--2007 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Dense lacy tan head. Bottle Conditioned hint clear dark ruby brown color. Spicy floral nutmeg malt spice hop front. Malty toasted nutmeg hint mild sweet rich toffee spice body. Tangy malty mellow hop spice nutmeg end. Sampled 10/9/2007.

Deschutes Brewery--jubelale--a festive winter ale--2008 Release. 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV--60 IBU's. 4.5 / 5.0. Winter Ale. Rich dense lacy off white head. Clear rich bronze red color. Roasted hop malt mild all spice front. Tangy roasted dry sweet spicy tangy burnt toffee nutmeg ginger malt spice rich tasty body. Tangy crisp hop nutmeg malt spice end. Well Done roasted Winter Ale. Sampled 10/2/2008. $8.49 / 6-Pack.

Deschutes Brewery--Jubelale--a festive winter ale--2009 Release. 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 60 IBU's. 4.5 / 5.0. Winter Ale. Thin head. Clear thin dark bronze red color. Rich floral toasted malt spic hop front. Fully fermented dry sweet spicy burnt caramel toffee body. Rich roasted spicy dry lingering burnt malt tangy crisp citrus end. Tantalizing favorite. 9/22/2009. 6-Pack--$6.99.

Deschutes Brewery--Jubelale--A Festive Winter Ale--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.70%. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Thin mild lace copper white head. Enticing clear bright dark Ruby color. Rich floral malt mild rosebud-hop front. Dry sweet spicy toasted mild toffee red fruit body. Dry tangy sweet zesty earthy hop hint crusty hint black cherry Winter Ale end. Sampled 9/16/2010 from 6-Pack purchased for $6.99 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle 9/16/2010.

Photo of gkunkle
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tall head, tan in color. Beer is a dark brown, just clear enough for a tiny bit of light to penetrate. Smells malty, a little bit spice and a heavy sweetness (like syrup or molasses, not sugar) Taste is malty with a bit of spice and toastyness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall, this is a good beer, a lot of people rave about it, but I am not really into it. Its not really my style.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 12 Jan 2008. 2007 vintage.

Medium sized dark tan head. Well carbonated. Clear dark reddish brown color. Smell is faint but is mapley, resin and dates. Nutty, somewhat astringent, dry, tannic. Finish and aftertaste are astringent and bittersweet dark chocolate. Medium body.

Expected this to be a little sweeter but still decent.

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 edition

A: poured an amber brown with light brown highlights and a half finger tan head that had very little lacing.

S: molasses and brown sugar armoas with booze hitting as well and hints of malts.

T: dark sweet malt flavors that almost make the beer taste like it has tea. Brown sugars, booze, and dark fruits also add to the overall taste.

M: medium body with light carbonation that had a sweet boozy slight bitter finish.

D: good winter beer in the summer hahaa. Really held up well after 4 years. Will probably try to find some more bottles.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 edition.

A - Pours a hazy dark brown with a 1 inch tan head that fades to nothing. Good lacing leaves rings on the way down.

S - Smells of roasted coffee/espresso and sweet toffee.

T - Bittersweet chocolate, toast, bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Crisp and acidic. Good carbonation makes for a smooth drink.

D - A very tasty Winter brew. I got this one in a Winter sampler pack I got on clearance and I think that this is one of the best ones in the box. I would purchase this one again when it is in season.

Photo of sidetracked
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a dark cream colored head. Tons of sediment floating around.

Smell is toasted malts, sweet brown sugar, and molasses.

Taste is toasted malts and bready with a slight sweetness.

Light to medium body and well carbonated. Slightly bitter finish.

Drinks like a brown ale. No spiced flavor, but good taste.

Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

The Jubelale pours an amber color. Very thin head an no lacing on the glass. Much of the nose is winter spices and malts. Raisins and hops round out the aromas. Taste is slightly alcoholic with raisins and prunes. Plenty of spices linger on the palate. Mouthfeel is spicy while thin. Drinkability is good even way outside of the season for this brew. I could definitely handle several of these.

Photo of craytonic
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy brown/mahogany pour, decent/average head and lacing

Smell: Caramel malt, hops, spices, cocoa; hint of molasses and brown sugar; dark fruits like raisins and cherries

Mouthfeel: A bit thin

Drinkability: Drinkable, but no need for another

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to chickencoop for sending this along as an extra.

Pours a moderate copper color with a decent white head. The smell is a bit of spice and a good deal of citrus hops, especially for the style. A little bit of fruit in there as well. The taste was fairly nice, and much better than the nose. The nose was certainly a bit weak when compared to the taste, although the general components were quite similar. Mouthfeel was a little bit too light. Good drinkability, especially for a winter warmer.

Photo of timhoth
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite generic winter beer that is out in stores. This is my rock. Whenever i would go out to buy a darker beer this is what i would grab first. Although it is a dark beer it is so smooth that even my friends who had never liked dark beer liked having jubelale. Recommend this beer to everyone!

Photo of BDJake
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep sepia (not quite black) with a nice 1 1/2" frothy head that retains well, laces well, and looks like the foam atop a root beer float

S- spicy, malty, warming with hints of several dark fruits and a touch of alcohol and hops

T- very rich bend of spices, including nutmeg, clove and cinammon, slightly fruity and with a good malt backbone, and slightly hoppy and boozy on the tail end

M- medium bodied, low but fitting combination

D- so good I started my second one before 10 am

Photo of Seanibus
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid winter beer, but perhaps not Deschutes' most memorable creation.

Pours copper brown with slight head. Aroma is malted and roasted. Flavor is roasted and dark, with dark fruit, cherry and dark caramel. Finish has a woody bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid and assertive but not excessive. Drinkable.

Photo of climax
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jubelale poured a pretty damn appetizing plum/ruby red with a large tan head. As the frothy cap faded it left tones of lacing on my nonic.

Nose did not disappoint. Sweet and spicy citrus, wood, banana, cherries, and some warmth from the alcohol all played a part. Smelled like a spiked sugar cookie full of Christmas love.

Flavor didn't seem as complex, but it had plenty of potency and was very nice. More roastiness was evident than in the nose. Warming alcohol and some dark sugary sweetness and spices kept it feeling like a winter warmer. Nice long toasty yet bitter finish capped it off.

Body was medium, and the carbonation was good and sharp. Slickness in the mouth gave way to a dry finish. This one's definitely worth a try.

Photo of melagnus
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A tan finger-thick head sits atop a dark ruby (SRM 18) hued liquid. Floaties appear in the clear beer and the lacing on the side of the glass gives the appearance that this delight is going to yield a syrupy mouthfeel of malts.

S - Ethers of alcohol and fruit rise in an intoxicating way deep into the nose ducts. This beer has a truly enticing aroma that brings about dreams of plums, cherries and grape vine.

T/M - The alcohol warms the throat slightly and the sting of hops leaves a dry bitter aftertaste. Sweet cherries mixed with plum (?) stick mildly to the tongue as though a kiss of syrup was left on it. The body (medium) seems fairly thin, though a biscuity note from the malt and yeast tickles the palette.

D - Drinkability is good, though a criticism would be that the aroma is so incredible and yet the taste leaves some to be desired. The taste also seems different than the smell, which shouldn't be. The difference isn't huge, though it definitely seems subdued in comparison to the smell. As well the body could be a bit more syrupy, for the smell gives one the sense that this beer will include more than a kiss of sticky malt and then in actuality the hops overpower the malt.

C - A lovely beer that I would sit down over a long evening with friends and drink, though not one of my top Winter Warmers!

Photo of birdypowder
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A winter warmer indeed! An all around well crafted brew that you can have a few of (ideally no more than 3) and still enjoy. You could also have just one and still get the "winter warmer" effect.

Very complex with a myriad of things to pick out. I was able to find aromas of sparkling cider, fruit, chocolate, a little smoke and definitely some caramel. Intriguing.

One finger of light tan foam piles up and hangs around respectfully. Lacing was lacking however. Very dark brown and ruby in color. Mysterious and inviting, especially on a cold winter day.

This medium bodied brew gave me an interesting mix of candy sweetness and the more expected bitterness towards the end. As it warmed the alcohol content became more apparent but it did not detract from the flavor. Tasty malty juiciness up front but Jubleale has the hops to balance it out. Bakers chocolate like bitterness takes me to the finish where a slight alcohol note lingers providing the "warming" effect. Yum!

Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, 2009, as an extra in a trade with cschmidt87, thanks man!

Pours a dark cherrywood color, slightly murky and about 2 fingers of beige head on top that fizzes out and leaves splotches of lacing down the glass.

Smell is raisins and bread, plums and a bit of spice. Not overtly spicy, more complementary.

Not sure if it worked in the nose but in the flavor it totally does. Bursts of fruity plum and juicy raisin, toffee, caramel, hint of citrus and pear all finished by a pleasant noble hop bite which adds the missing balance and provides a dry almost mineral finish - the hops add the missing element here. Only disappointment is that for a winter warmer there is very little spice. A light pleasant cinnamon is about it, perhaps the most delicate cloves. A bit of alcohol in the finish as well but nothing distracting.

Still, this is an extremely drinkable beer, reminds of a lightly spiced, slightly more fruity version of an American Brown. Amped just enough to add some flavor but still feels immensely drinkable. Great beer - thanks Chris!

Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with an attractive 2 finger Khaki crown that displays good retention and loads of lace.

Smell: Not too much going on here other than malt and hints of spice.

Taste: Wow its like a faintly peppery piece of chocolate! I really wasn't expecting chocolate malt to be in this beer but am glad it is. Also a hint of dark fruit. It works FAIRLY well and I would have given it a 3.8 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with enough carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy drinker.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Callahan's, San Diego.

Pours a nice amber-brown color with a tan head. Malty aroma with some fruits and spices, plus a bit of alcohol. Moderately spicy taste with apples and pear. There's a light bitterness in the aftertaste and a hint of alcohol. Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied and quite smooth. An enjoyable winter warmer; I'd probably get this on tap again.

Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on at the Tap House Grill in Seattle. Served in a standard pint, the beer is brown with dark copper highlights. It has a tan head with good lacing. It is a looker.

Nose is of bread and dark fruit.

The beer is slightly sweet with a bit of brown bread and raisins. It has a whisper of spice.

The mouth is decent with low carbonation.

Not bad, but seemed a bit underpowered for a true winter warmer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage, recently bought at Walnut Liquorette. On to the beer:

The pours is a good one. Dark ruby brown with a hint of violet. The head is big on top and is showing some good retention. It settles to a creamy lace that clings to the glass. Very sweet in the nose. A little wood and resin is mixed into the maple, peach, and sweet toasty malt. Festive indeed.

Pleasant taste. There's a little tropical flare from whatever hops remain. Toasted malt leads the way in this ale. Vague fruit flavors echo around. It seems sort of thin in the mouth, with very low carbonation.

I should note that I have never tasted this beer before, so needless to say I never had a fresh version. That would be an interesting comparison to this aged version, which I enjoyed.

Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 2,212 ratings.